Michael H. Shuman is an economist, attorney, author, and entrepreneur, and a leading visionary on community economics. He’s Director of Local Economy Programs for Telesis Corporation, a nonprofit affordable housing company, and currently an adjunct instructor at Bard Business School in New York City and at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. He’s also a Fellow at Cutting Edge Capital and at the Post-Carbon Institute, and a founding board member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE). He is credited with being one of the architects of the 2012 JOBS Act and dozens of state laws overhauling securities regulation of crowdfunding. He has authored, coauthored, or edited nine books. His most recent book is The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity. One of his previous books, The Small Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler, 2006), received as bronze prize from the Independent Publishers Association for best business book of 2006. A prolific speaker, Shuman has given an average of more than one invited talk per week, mostly to local governments and universities, for the past 30 years in nearly every U.S. state and more than a dozen countries.
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The Benefits of Localism
Interview of Michael Shuman by Steve Dubb, Director of Special Projects, The Democracy Collaborative. Originally published at community-wealth.org. Michael Shuman is an economist, attorney, and globally recognized expert on community economics. He is one of the architects of the...
Top 10 Reasons to Read Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense
This week marks the official publication of Post Carbon Institute’s first handbook on local investment, written by myself and Gwen Hallsmith. Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense, builds on my 2012 book on local investment, Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to...
The Latest Trends in Sustainable Communities
Originally posted at Solutions Journal. Solutions invited two pioneers in local and regional economic development to discuss new trends in sustainable communities. MH: Michael Shuman GA: Gar Alperovitz MS: Economic development currently counsels communities across the planet to attract...
Michael Shuman: “I would say that we are winning”
We last spoke to Michael Shuman just over three years ago. He is author of several books on local economic development, the most recent being Local Dollars, Local Sense. He is an attorney, an economist, and his current job...
Vermont Dollars, Vermont Sense
Authors: Michael Shuman and Gwendolyn Hallsmith A growing local economy movement is putting down roots in the United States and around the world, as people work to strengthen local businesses, promote “buy local” campaigns, and end subsidies and other unfair advantages given to nonlocal businesses. Even in its early stages, local investment is
The Competitiveness of Local Living Economies
Economic localization offers the key to solving a growing number of global problems, including peak oil, climate disruption, and financial meltdowns. Yet the perception remains that this solution is very costly, because local goods and services supposedly are more expensive than their global alternatives. American consumers are convinced that “big-box” stores and bigger
Local Dollars, Local Sense: How to Shift Your Money From Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity
Foreword by Peter Buffett. Americans’ long-term savings in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, pension funds, and life insurance funds total about $30 trillion. But not even 1 percent of these savings touch local small business—even though roughly half the jobs and the output in the private economy come from them. So, how can people
The Post Carbon Reader: Managing the 21st Century’s Sustainability Crises
John Kaufmann, Daniel Lerch, Bill Sheehan, Anthony Perl, William Rees, Tom Whipple, Stephanie Mills, Peter Whybrow, Michael Shuman, David Orr, Cindy Parker, Chris Martenson, Brian Schwartz, Richard Gilbert, Warren Karlenzig, Wes Jackson, David Hughes, Rob Hopkins, David Fridley, Gloria Flora, Joshua Farley, Hillary Brown, Michael Bomford, Asher Miller, Zenobia Barlow, Sandra Postel, Richard Heinberg, Erika Allen, Bill Ryerson
How do population, water, energy, food, and climate issues impact one another? What can we do to address one problem without making the others worse? The Post Carbon Reader features essays by some of the world’s most provocative thinkers on the key issues shaping our new century, from renewable energy and urban agriculture
Delicious Development: The Powerful Role of Local Food in Job Creation
Michael H. Shuman, author of Local Dollars, Local Sense presents “Delicious Development: The Powerful Role of Local Food in Job Creation” at the Sustainable Communities Workshop on October 29, 2014 in Sarasota, FL.
The Extraenvironmentalist On Extraenvironmentalist #77 we talk about developing an investment paradigm for the future that’s rooted in local business and healthy food, first with Michael Shuman of Cutting Edge Capital and author of Local Dollars, Local Sense: How...
Michael Shuman: The Benefits of Deploying Investment Capital Locally Vs Wall Street
Credit: Peak Prosperity | Download The Federal Reserve and other central planners have worked overtime to lead the world back to “recovery” from the depths of the 2008 financial crisis. Using one of their main signaling indicators, they’ve succeeded: stock market indices are...
Outside In with Michael Shuman and Stephanie Mills
Outside In with Michael Shuman and Stephanie Mills from Robert Russell on Vimeo. Stephanie Mills returns with another of her colleagues from the Post Carbon Institute, Michael Shuman. Shuman is author of a number of books on developing local...